Members

Group Leader
Dr. Bruce P. Lee

Degrees:
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

Awards:
2019 Bhakta Rath Research Award
2016 Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research
2014 Top 10% faculty in instructor rating, Michigan Technological University
2013–14 Continuous Submission Eligibility, National Institutes of Health (substantial service to peer review)
2011 Certificate of Appreciation, American Chemical Society
2008 First Prize Poster: Journal of Endourology/Endourological Society
2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Inventor Award
2005 Baxter-Northwestern Early Career Development Award in Bioengineering, Finalist

Email:
bplee (at) mtu (dot) edu

Postdoctoral Researchers
Dr. Bo Liu

Degrees:
PhD, Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Jilin University, 2015
MS, Polymer Material Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2012
BS, Polymer Material Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2010

Email:
bliu5 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Dr. Liu’s project involves chemical modification of catechol to tune the reversibility and adhesive property of catechol-containing smart adhesive.

Research Assistants
PhD Students
Rattapol Pinnaratip – (Co-Advised with Dr. Rupak Rajachar)

Degrees:
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2015
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Mahidol University, 2011

Awards:
2011-2016 Royal Thai Government Scholarship
2017 Second Prize, Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium
2017 New Material Award for poster presentation; University of Michigan Upper Midwest Biomaterials Day
2017 Second Prize; Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium

Email:
rpinnara (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

My project involves the development of injectable adhesive hydrogel biomaterials containing silica sol-gel macroparticles. The effect of the macroparticle incorporation on the materials properties and the ability to promote cellular infiltration will be investigated.

Pegah Kord Forooshani

Degrees:
MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Malaya, 2014
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2011

Awards:
2018 First Prize; Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium
2018 Merit Award, 3rd Annual LSTI Research Forum, MTU

Email:
pkordfor (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Tuning the redox chemistry of catechol for wound healing and antipathogenic applications.

Md. Saleh Akram Bhuiyan

Degrees:
MS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, South Dakota State University, 2017
BS, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, 2012

Email:
mbhuiya1 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

My research project involve the deactivation and reactivation of catechol-based smart adhesive using electrochemistry.

Zhongtian Zhang

Degrees:
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2018
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2016

Email:
zzhang11 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Study the release of reactive oxygen species from catechol-based biomaterials.

Master Students
Elizabeth Polega

Degrees:
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2019

Awards:
2019 Honorable Mention, Undergraduate Research Symposium, MTU

Email:
eapolega (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Develop coatings that releases hydrogen peroxide for antimicrobial applications.

Undergraduate Students
James Roland

Degrees:


Email:
jdroland (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Test adhesive property of smart adhesive inspired by marine mussels.

Max Reaume

Degrees:


Awards:
2019 Undergraduate Research Internship Program, MTU

Email:
mcreaume (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Characterize the release of reactive oxygen species from catechol moieties.

Celeste Forester

Degrees:


Email:
ceforest (at) mtu (dot) edu

Alumni

Xiaochu Ding, PhD

Last Known Location: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Yadon Wang’s group, Department of Bioengineering, Cornell University

 

Ameya Narkar, PhD

Last Known Location: Lab of Dr. Kollbe Ahn, University of Central Florida

 

Hao Meng, PhD

Last Known Location: Lab of Dr. Don Elbert, University of Texas Austin

 

Yuan Liu, PhD

Last Known Location: Bridgestone Americas, Inc

 

Yuting Li, MS

Last Known Location: Lab of Dr. Louis Falo, University of Pittsburgh

 

Jonathan Kelley

Last Known Location: 

 

Youling Xu

Last Known Location: School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China

 

Randall Wilharm

Last Known Location: PhD Program, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota

 

Audra Winter

Last Known Location: Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc.

 

Giri K. Vegesna, PhD

Last Known Location: University of California, Berkeley

 

Meng-Hsien Lin

Last Known Location: Genesis Genetics Asia Corp., Taiwan

 

Sarah Skelton

Last Known Location: Henkel AG & Company

 

Meridith Murley

Last Known Location: The Vollrath Company LLC

 

Corey Ernst

Last Known Location: Master of Business Administration program, Michigan Technological University

 

Michael Bostwick

Last Known Location:

 

Shari Konst

Last Known Location: Thermalin, Inc., Cleveland, OH

 

Jonathan Anderson

Last Known Location: PhD Program, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

 

Morgan Cencer

Last Known Location: PhD Program, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Joseph Gazella

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Rebecca Whitney

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Ryan Sarmiento

Last Known Location: HNTB Corporation

 

Samuel Casey

Last Known Location: Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Hao Zhan

Last Known Location: Edan Instruments, Inc.

 

Kyle O’Connor

Last Known Location: Biology and Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University

 

William Weiner

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University